This tiny Chinese drone will fly with a wave of your hand

DJI released its smallest and cheapest drone on Wednesday. It’s able to fly based on a pilot’s hand gestures.

Called the Spark, the $499 drone is about the size of a Coca-Cola can and weighs 10.6 ounces, the lightest among all of the drones by Chinese drone manufacturer DJI. The Spark is also equipped with a 1080-pixel video camera and 2-axis gimbal stabilizer to make sure the high-quality videos don’t give viewers vertigo.

The hand gesture may be the biggest draw for the Spark, but it is not the only way the drone can be operated. The Spark can be piloted with a remote or a mobile device as well. But for those hoping to capture a bit of Magneto magic, the Spark is able to take off and land directly on one’s palm and fly with the wave of a hand.

The Spark drone can also fly up to 31 miles per hour for up to 16 minutes.

The Shenzen-based company unveiled the Spark in New York City in hopes that the Spark can be the bridge to people who have never owned a drone.

“We want this drone to be people’s first experience with drones,” said Michael Perry, head of strategic partnerships at DJI. “We’ve put a lot of intelligence in the system so that anybody can get it into the air and have a reliable experience.”

In the past few years, DJI has made a reputation for high-end drones such as its Phantom 3, which is considered one of the best in the market. But the trend has headed toward cheaper, smaller and easier-to-fly drones, with some models being sold for as low as $10.

DJI says it will start shipping orders in mid-June.

But enough talk about specifications and logistics. Here are more videos on DJI’s faux-telekinesis, brought to you by Twitter.

 

 

 

Photo: DJI announced its smallest and cheapest drone model, the Spark, on Wednesday. (Courtesy DJI)

 

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